Italian designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have unveiled their new Giro d’Italia leader’s jersey for 2009.

Organisers of the Italian stage race wanted to give the famous Maglia Rosa a touch of Italian style to celebrate the race’s centenary.

The main addition for next year is the inclusion of the Italian tricolore stripe on the collar and sides.

Let’s be frank here. It actually looks like they started with a plain pink jersey and left it there. Minimalism at its finest. At least there’s plenty of room for team sponsors to put their logo in prime position as and when their rider is privileged to wear it during the race in May.

On hand to reveal the jersey design with Messrs Dolce and Gabbana were Italian riders and previous Giro winners Ivan Basso, Danilo Di Luca and Gilberto Simoni.

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